NDP questions importance of School Board elections to government
Tomorrow, Tuesday Nov. 22, voters in the province will elect new school boards. The problem is, says NDP Education Critic Lorraine Michael (MHA, Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi), most people don’t know about it – and those that do are having a hard time getting information from the School Board.
“The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development has said that school board elections are important and people should get out and vote,” she said in the House of Assembly today.
“I have been inundated by people who want to vote in the English School Board elections but who are totally frustrated in their attempts to find their zone, their candidates and where to vote tomorrow.
“I ask the Minister did he communicate with the English School Board when he became aware of the poor job they were doing of informing the public about school board elections?”
The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development has ultimate responsibility, Michael says, and has a mess to answer for.
“The Schools Act clearly states that the Minister of Education is responsible for the manner in which elections of school board trustees are carried out,” she said.
“What direction did he give to the English School Board about how the current election should be conducted to ensure a good voter turnout?”
Michael adds she would like to see any analysis government did to see how the elections’ importance could highlighted and voters engaged in this important democratic process.